I saw Dr. Caskey this morning for my regular orthodontic checkup. I mentioned to him that I have a big conference (the PASS Summit, which is the Super Bowl for those of us working with SQL Server), and that if possible I’d like to have the braces removed by then. With little hesitation, he agreed to bump the date by 4 weeks and remove them during the last week of October, which is also the week before I leave for PASS.
I can’t complain too much about the braces – it was a purely voluntary (read: cosmetic) treatment, and I’ve heard that many others have gone 3-4 years or more in their braces. My 17 months of treatment was minimal in comparison, and I’m very happy with the results.